twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

New invention brings out the potential of Ghanaian almond

A machine to crush and extract oil from nuts of tropical almond has been designed in Ghana, which might transform the crop into a leading non-traditional export commodity

Almond_HealthAliciousNessAlmond could be an alternative cash crop to cocoa and timber in Ghana. (Image source: HealthAliciousNess/Flickr)

The Tropical Almond Growers Association of Ghana (TRAGA) president Samuel Abrah, who made the invention, has started distilling edible oil from an almond variety known as 'abrofo nkatie' in Twi.

Sharing his knowledge at a stakeholders' forum under the theme 'tropical almond an unexpected economic tree in Ghana', Abrah revealed, "The oil could be processed into jam and milk, the husk could also be processed into animal feed and fertiliser while its leaves could be used for tea."

Abrah stressed that the discovery had the potential for building industries for export, thereby creating employment to alleviate poverty. The tropical almond crop could be grown in all parts of the country and had economic, health and environmental benefits. 

Appealing for technical and financial support to increase cultivation of the crop, Abrah said it could become a leading non-traditional export commodity in Ghana.

University of Ghana Food and Nutrition Department professor Kwaku Tanoh Debrah explained at the meeting that every part of the almond tree was useful and, when given the necessary attention, would be an alternative cash crop to cocoa and timber.

He pointed out that tropical almond could cure diseases and contained phosphorous, calcium, carbohydrate, crude fat, magnesium, iron, sodium manganese and other vitamins useful for the human body.

Deliberating on the benefits of growing the crop, Ministry of Food and Agriculture Kwahu South District director, John Nketiah Gyemfi, encouraged cultivators in the Kwahu area to grow the almond on a large scale to serve afforestation and protect the environment.

Farmers, chiefs, assembly members and local entrepreneurs attended the forum in Abetifi.


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

African food imports bill predicted to double by 2030

African food imports bill predicted to d…

Experts have warned that the cost of Africa’s yearly food imports could increase from US$50bn to US$110bn by 2030 if immediate measures aren’t taken to increase food production

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spotlight

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spot…

On August 22, the 23rd session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, hosted by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened in Kinshasa, putting the future...

Boosting investment for Africa-made cotton

Boosting investment for Africa-made cott…

At a partner’s conference on cotton, jointly organised with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), donors were urged to mobilise resources for new partnerships.   

Nature-based solutions help farmers in Ghana

Nature-based solutions help farmers in G…

Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilisers and forest regeneration are just a few of the green initiatives being employed in Ghana to boost farming communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate...

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Sa…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to fast track an impact-oriented project in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America for digital soil nutrient mapping, after...

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double rice production to curb food insecurity

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double…

President Adama Barrow has received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, HE Kim Ji-Joon, at the State House in Banjul to announce the delivery of sample rice...

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

Tanzania and IFAD partner to boost productivity

Tanzania and IFAD partner to boost produ…

The International Fund for Agriculture and the government of Tanzania have signed a US$77.4mn project to help 260,000 rural households that re facing impacts of climate change

Malawi maize production down by 20 per cent

Malawi maize production down by 20 per c…

The harvest of maize in Malawi has declined by a significant 20 per cent, from 3.5 million tonnes in 2016/17 season to 2.8 million tonnes in 2017/18 farming season, according...

Global agricultural drones market to be worth US$4.3bn by 2022

Global agricultural drones market to be …

Regional analysis for agricultural drones market is studied in different geographic regions such as North- America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and rest of world, and suggests that the global market will be...

Ethiopian Government gets tough on dormant commercial farms

Ethiopian Government gets tough on dorma…

Commercial farm developers who occupy land in three regions of the country have received warnings for leaving the land underutilised

Mozambique set for huge rise in macadamia exports

Mozambique set for huge rise in macadami…

Macadamia nuts producer Valley of Macs is seeking to increase its production in the next three to four years in Mozambique

South African government to create new job opportunities in agricultural sector

South African government to create new j…

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will in the next 16 years aim to create one million jobs, according to minister Senzeni Zokwana

Tanzania generates US$100mn from cotton sales

Tanzania generates US$100mn from cotton …

The Tanzanian government has revealed it has earned between US$90mn and US$100mn from cotton sales annually

Rising temperatures will push millions in Africa into poverty and hunger, warns IPCC

Rising temperatures will push millions i…

The world needs to carve a pathway to limit global warming to 1.5°C, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated in its latest report detailing the impact of climate...

Arrigoni conducts online training courses for producers

Arrigoni conducts online training course…

The Arrigoni Group has launched a series of free and open-to-all webinars to attend remotely that aims to continue supporting and assisting Italian and international agricultural producers, even in this...

Tanzanian company to host training on pest control for farmers

Tanzanian company to host training on pe…

Tanzania-based Agripro Tanzania Limited has announced it will create a training programme on better farming methods to farmers in five Tanzanian regions starting in October 2013 

IFC provides funding for maize production in Rwanda

IFC provides funding for maize productio…

Rwanda’s beverage firm Bralirwa has secured a US$25mn loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for maize production

Yara and Arab Potash Company signs MoU for potassium nitrate

Yara and Arab Potash Company signs MoU f…

Yara and Arab Potash Company, the Jordan-based potash producer, have signed an MoU for mutual cooperation in the field of potassium nitrate production and sales

Prev Next